July 27, 2017 6:00 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, July 27, 2017 Morning Reads – Thursday, July 27, 2017 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 23 Comments On this date in 1804, the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With the amendment Electors were directed to vote for a President and for a Vice-President rather than for two choices for President. Peaches Georgia is stalling on turning over voter data to the feds 3 Georgia natives make ’50 Most Beautiful’ List on Capitol Hill Mandatory tornado shelters in Georgia? Are we going to ditch our license plate tags here in the Peach State? Macon.com states the obvious about small town living This lady managed to run fake clinics for 15 years… Rep. Stacey Abrams lands a book deal 30 Georgia water systems have harmful pollutants Jimmy Carter No medical marijuana for veterans CIA spies get more power A proposed 44% income tax rate for some – courtesy of the Trump White House Sweet Tea The United States is editing human embryos NSFW but still an interesting…thing About those antibiotics doctors tell you to finish… People are mad at HBO…again In this week’s episode of, “Wow! That’s a terrible way to die…” Southwest is selling tickets to the eclipse Americans spend more eating out than we do eating at home Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 23 Comments Saltycracker Tax rates: yawn, that’s like MSRP at Kohl’s. Regardless of where you are, rich or poor, the challenge is getting on the right tax code discount list, especially one where the IRS sends you a check at the end of the day. And we don’t want a flat tax hoping to be on the right list. Dream. July 27, 2017 8:40 AM Log in to Reply xdog Sam Brownback can tell you about taxes. Oh wait, Sam’s bailing on his governorship 18 months early for a new gig where he serves God and Caesar simultaneously, and the people of Kansas can just deal with the fallout from Sam’s tax policies on their own. July 27, 2017 8:59 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker As mentioned you are complaining about the American Dream, successful dealing with tax codes. Isn’t Btownlee an ambassador or Religious saint now ? And walk through any poor neighborhood and see the storefront adds to get you a huge tax rebate check like for your 9 children wherever they are, or disability via lawyers and docs or cash for your unneeeded wheelchair or………all the mid-folks got was $8k for being a first time home owner, a rebate for a electric golf cart or car, cash for clunkers and schedule A. We are conditioned that government is the answer……. July 27, 2017 9:18 AM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace I walk through poor neighborhoods on a weekly basis as a result of my volunteer work. I do not see these ads that you are referencing. Please provide proof. Otherwise, you are telling falsehoods at the expense of the less fortunate. Which is simply disgusting. July 27, 2017 9:39 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker my slam on the tax code crossed all income areas – I believe the AJC has written some articles on tax preparers, posted a pic or two and mentioned addresses getting thousands of refunds. Had coffee with a doc recently (black if that lends credibility) and his concern was the cottage industry reselling medical equipment and drugs he suspected were not acquired honestly, he didn’t say what economic area the signs to buy the stuff were in. I do find your usual personal remarks disgusting. July 27, 2017 10:22 AM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace “And walk through any poor neighborhood and see the storefront adds to get you a huge tax rebate check like for your 9 children wherever they are, or disability via lawyers and docs or cash for your unneeeded wheelchair” Your words. Not mine. And as I suspected, a false claim. You have nothing to back it up. You simple wanted to denigrate poor neighborhoods as I suspected. It is a falsehood that needed to be called out. I hope that you might think twice before you say such things in the future. And nowhere did I make a personal remark. I simply called out a lie. If you took that personally then maybe you need to look inward. July 27, 2017 2:01 PM Benevolus “a huge tax rebate check like for your 9 children wherever they are, or disability via lawyers and docs or cash for your unneeded wheelchair” What you describe is capitalism. There will always be someone out there trying to prey on vulnerable people. If you are advocating providing more resources to ensure better compliance we should look at the cost of that. At some point the cost of enforcement is greater than the savings. By the way, the “huge” part of those tax rebate checks you refer to are the fees and interest they are charging. Same for the lawyers. July 27, 2017 10:51 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse No worries about any Georgia voter information Kemp turns over to Kobach’s “Election Integrity Commission” being used for nefarious purposes. Kobach has so much integrity that he was fined by a federal court for making “patently misleading representations.” . NBC’s Katy Tur to Kris Kobach of Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity: “Are you saying Hillary Clinton didn’t win the popular vote?” . Kobach: “We may never know the answer” July 27, 2017 10:25 AM Log in to Reply Indypendant Sheesh, the comment section at ZeroHedge makes you guys look like the friggin’ Boy Scouts. I mean that in a complimentary, pre-Trump speech, Boy Scouts kind of way. July 27, 2017 1:43 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn The rich are different… https://apnews.com/e7b0ba9c73e24abba9864f51ee7a55e8/Divers-search-lake-for-NFL-star's-$100,000-plus-earring July 27, 2017 1:52 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Latest on healthcare: McConnell rallying votes for “skinny repeal,” which removes individual mandate, employer mandate, and med device tax. This would result in 16 million losing coverage and premiums increasing by 20%. He’s telling Senators that this is the lowest common denominator to get the bill to a conference committee with the House . Rep. McCarthy’s office has told Republican House members to make their travel plans flexible, indicating that the House is planning on voting on skinny repeal instead of going to conference with the Senate. . This what happens when you put your trust in a liar like Paul Ryan. July 27, 2017 4:04 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn This would mean employers would no longer legally have to cover people like me, forcing me into an exchange? July 27, 2017 4:17 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Can’t say without knowing the size of your employer, which dictates whether or not they’re subject to the employer mandate. Businesses with 50 or more full-time employees are currently required to provide coverage to those full-time employees. It’s also possible that you gained employer-based coverage under ACA because of the ban on pre-existing condition discrimination. . As someone said on Twitter, the GOP is now at the “bank robbery went horribly wrong but we just need to find a way out of town” part of the legislative process. July 27, 2017 4:39 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance I understand why the employer mandate was passed, but in my view, it had a real low cost-benefit score at best. The individual mandate would have otherwise nudged many who got coverage under the employer mandate into the marketplace, and maybe helped stabilize the exchanges. And it enforced the link to employer-based coverage that has warped the insurance market. July 27, 2017 9:52 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance I’m not sure why Republicans see even skinny repeal as a win. Now, when the premiums go up, or if the marketplaces collapse, they’ll get blamed much easier for that. If they did nothing, they would only get blamed for doing nothing, which is remedied by political spin. On the other hand there is surely a % who would rather see the explosion of the market than to acknowledge the benefits of the law or bipartisan reform. July 27, 2017 9:59 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope So Paul Ryan told the House to vote for AHCA because the Senate would fix the problems. Now the Senate is trying to pass the lowest common denominator so that the House can fix the problems. Graham, McCain, and Johnson just held a press conference to announce they’ll vote for a bill if they receive assurances that it will never become law. Welcome to 2017. July 27, 2017 5:45 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Scaramucci meltdown. I was just reminiscing about that first Trump/Pence campaign logo. Remember that? Boy, those were the good old days. Back when these guys were all amateurs and still finding their way. That was so long ago. Hoo boy. So much water under the bridge. They have made so much progress bringing top level professionalism and winning to the White House! Every day we wait for the next example of how things should be done. This is so great. Scarmucci as Communications Director is perfect. Trump dispensing policy via Twitter is cutting edge. July 27, 2017 8:05 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Surprised? http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-rape-idUSKBN1AC1DL?il=0 July 27, 2017 9:57 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The Health Care Freedom Act… a bill so horrible it was either written by morons or amoral goons. July 27, 2017 10:47 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn So, Section II cut the CDC funding by a billion a year? If true, how many Georgians will lose their jobs because of this? July 27, 2017 11:05 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Am I reading the CBO score correctly that of the 15 million who lose coverage, 6 million are employer provider plans? July 27, 2017 11:59 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope You read that right. Those 6 million would have come from elimination of the employer mandate. Fortunately, Murkowski, Collins, and McCain came in and sank it. July 28, 2017 6:42 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker The people want repeal and replace not “trust us”, congress fails, healthcare costs are going up and the worst case ending of Obamacare could be single payer. The interesting CBO guesstimate would be the impact of pushing the employer mandate to a much lower number, 10, 5, 1, chasing the idea of more with skin in the game. July 28, 2017 8:08 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.